|An engraving from Harper's Weekly, March 1884|
Though Carnival is celebrated is many places the three most famous Carnivals are Venice, Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans. I've been to the first, just missed the second by a week and have always vowed to go the one closest. The first record of a Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans was in 1835 though its hard to believe that some form of Carnival didn't take place in earlier times in this most French-Creole of cities. Cosmus, the first parade Krewe was formed in 1856 and the tradition of Krewes - secret societies - grew out of it. There are now some 60 krewes holding events - parades, balls, theatrical performances, cook-outs, children's festivals - throughout the period of Carnival.
|A parade through the French Quarter - date unknown.|
|Rex - the King of Mardi Gras - led of the 1907 Rex Parade in fine style. A right click on |
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Classics of Childhood.
March 4 - 1837 - The city of Chicago is incorporated.